Homes Blues Continue

As one wiseacre Dolphins fan cracked on Twitter, "Can we move this next game to Detroit?" With the Lions coming off an upset win at Tampa Bay that ended a league-record 26-game road losing streak, the Dolphins are still coming to grips with playoff elimination and the continuation of an embarrassing run of home ineptitude.

Walking off the field at Sun Life Stadium after yet another home loss, this one 17-14 to the last-place Bills, Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne heard the same angry feedback from the team's frustrated fans.

"They've been booing the last couple weeks, so I guess we're used to it," Henne said. "We don't want to go out that way. It's a sick feeling for us."

Despite a 6-1 road mark, the Dolphins' corresponding struggles at home have left them at 7-7 with two meaningless games remaining: at home Sunday against the 4-10 Lions and on the road against the AFC East-leading Patriots.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Dolphins are the 11th team in NFL history to win six or more road games and fail to reach the playoffs.

"To not have home-field advantage in this league is tough," Henne said. "It's not like we're not trying out there. It's been an up-and-down season."

The Dolphins' lone win at home this season came in Game 9 against the Titans, when Henne came off the bench three plays into the game and played three strong quarters before leaving with a left knee injury.

Because Chad Pennington got the start that day, Henne's skid as the home starter has reached seven games. His last home win as the starter came 54 weeks ago, a 22-21 win over the Patriots.

Henne had opened his tenure with four wins in his first five starts, but those fortunes have drastically reversed, as the Bills can attest.

"I understand the frustration," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said of hearing boos again at home. "You go to New York and win and you come back home and you don't. I understand their frustration. I share it. The guys in that locker room share it. They're not walking out of here skipping."

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